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Wed, 07/04/2018 - 14:10
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  • Zebpay, one among the biggest Indian exchanges, bans fiats withdrawals in response to the central bank’s prohibition

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Wednesday, July 4, crypto trading company and wallet Zebpay is preparing to shut down all withdrawals in Indian rupee (INR) for clients. This is a response to the order of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to banks to stop servicing digital currency businesses.

The RBI’s ban

In early April, the country’s central bank released a guideline to all financial institutions to stop providing services to any companies working with digital assets.

The deadline is this Thursday. Even the numerous attempts to struggle RBI and its decision in court made no change. The blockade on the local crypto exchanges is still to be imposed.

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Zebpay warning in June

Last month the exchange issued a warning to its customers regarding the possible ban of fiat operations, thus surging them to take out their fiat funds. Currently, Zebpay still accepts withdrawal requests through its mobile app. But it is highly doubtful that it will continue to do so after the RBI bans becomes effective.

The hope is still alive

However, the local crypto community still hopes that the regulators will implement the promised regulatory measures and legalize the digital currency sector.

The secretary of Economic Affairs Department Subash Chandra recently mentioned in an interview that his ministry is about to develop crypto regulations that would benefit India and the crypto community.

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About the author

Yuri is a journalist interested in technology and technical innovations. He has been in crypto since 2017. Believes that blockchain and cryptocurrencies have a potential to transform the world in the future. ‘Hodls’ cryptocurrencies. Has written for several crypto media. Currently is a news writer at U.Today, can be contacted at yuri.molchan@u.today.

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